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Reviewed by Juli Williamson for Readers' Favorite
Chaperones by Megan Karasch is a fantastic novel of self discovery and growing up, even when the main character is already 26. Andrea was so over protected while growing up she never learned anything about life or herself. Her only enjoyment came from behind a camera lens; everything else scared her silly. Literally, the thoughts and actions that come from her overwhelming fear are comical. Yet for her, they are reality. Now is the time to overcome fear, with a GIANT leap, flying across the Atlantic to England to shoot castles and cathedrals for a travel magazine. The question is: can Andrea function without her parents or her boyfriend there to protect her from everything?
Megan Karasch takes a humorous look at growing up in spite of fear and parental protection. This is a feel-good tale in which Megan Karasch reminds us that no matter how old we are, the way our parents raised us influences our daily lives. This is for good or bad, and yet we have to let go of our handhold or pry them off us, to become what we need to become for ourselves as adults. How we look at relationships and even crossing the street might be affected by what our parents told us when we were little. A book that I thoroughly enjoyed, I read it in one sitting. I laughed, I moaned and groaned, and I hopefully took away a lesson or two.